Leaked Labour manifesto pledges increase in GP funding

A Labour government would increase GP funding, according to a leaked draft of the party's general election manifesto.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Mark Thomas/Alamy Stock Photo)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Mark Thomas/Alamy Stock Photo)

The document, leaked last night to the media and published in full online ahead of a party meeting to officially endorse it today and next week’s planned launch, promised a ‘new model of community care’ encompassing primary and community as well as social care services.

‘We will increase funding to GP services to ensure patients can access the care they need,' it said. The pledge comes just weeks after GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that general practice remained underfunded by billions of pounds despite investment pledged in the GP Forward View.

The draft manifesto promised to halt pharmacy closures and review provision, particularly in remote areas, and to address postcode lotteries and rationing in the NHS.

The documents include previously announced plans to scrap the NHS pay cap and put decision-making over NHS pay back in the hands of independent pay review bodies.

NHS funding

On NHS funding, the manifesto promises over £6bn a year for the NHS funded from increased income tax on the top 5% of earners and an increased tax on private medical insurance as well as cutting by half the amount spent on management consultants.

Capital funding for the NHS would be increased and a new independent body would be set up to oversee health spending.

STPs would be halted, under the leaked proposals, and redrawn with a focus on patient need rather than financial resources.

The manifesto pledges to ‘reverse privatisation of our NHS and return our health service into expert public control’ and to repeal the Health and Social Care Act.

Treatment targets

The party would uphold existing NHS targets by guaranteeing access to treatment in 18 weeks and that patients are seen in A&E within four hours, and pledged to stop the routine breach of safe levels of bed occupancy.

On mental health, Labour would stop children being treated on adult wards and would end out-of-area treatment by 2019. It would increase the share of mental health funding spent on children's’ services and ensure counselling services are available to all secondary school pupils.

On social care the party would set up a national care service with an extra £8bn over the lifetime of the parliament, end 15-minute care visits and scrap zero-hours contracts for staff.

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